Nissan develops autonomous chair for people queuing

Autonomous vehicles are all the rage right now. Every major car manufacturer is working on it in one form or another. Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is obviously a part of this and is taking its autonomous technology one step further in true Japanese flair with the introduction of the ProPILOT Chair. Named after Nissan’s flagship autonomous driving technology and following the successful implementation of its Intelligent Parking Chairs that would automatically roll into place once a user has gotten up, the ProPILOT Chair promises to make standing in queues a breeze. The ProPILOT Chairs are fixed in a linear setting and each chair is able to detect the chair ahead of it. Once a chair moves, the chair preceding it detects the movement and moves in its place. The chair maintains a fixed distance and moves along a set path.

The ProPILOT Chair is a marketing gimmick to promote the ProPILOT system that launched with the Nissan Serena minivan in August. The Serena, meant for autonomous single-lane highway driving, is the first minivan to incorporate ProPILOT in the world. It is able to stay between a speed range defined by the driver, centred in its lane and is able to maintain a safe distance at all times with the cars ahead of it.

No one likes waiting in queues and standing makes the whole ordeal more painful. The ProPILOT Chair is designed for people to sit down and relax while they wait in line and transport them from the very back to the very front seamlessly. Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility is at the core of this concepts.

Nissan wants to ensure its ProPILOT Chairs receive plenty of real-world testing. Between now and December 27, restaurants across Japan can apply to use the chairs. If you’re looking for a fun holiday destination before the year ends, here’s a great reason to book your tickets to Japan.

The chairs will appear at selected restaurants in 2017. In the meantime, from September 29 through October 2, the public gallery at Nissan’s Global Headquarters in Yokohama will play home to an exhibit featuring six of the chairs. Visitors will be able to try the chairs and see them in action in a queue simulation.